Marty Esworthy, Megaera-award-winning poet, editor emeritus Steel Point Quarterly, and renowned poetry impresario is also a performance artist, best known for his "Thinking of Ng" epic (1998--2003). Recent verse publications include Literary Chaos, Landings, Diffference Engine, Haggard & Halloo, House Taken Over, Fledgling Rag, Fox Chase Review , logodaedalus, Syzygy, The International Digest of World Poetry, and Miserere Review.
Poetry collections by Esworthy include hard reality (Pacobooks, 2004) and Twenty-Six Javanese Proverbs (Iris G. Press, 2006). His latest work, by T&T Press (April 2009), is entitled Uh, Oh! The Object Looks Back! His work has been translated into eleven languages, including Dutch, Finnish and Fortran.
Esworthy initiated, in 1999, the weekly long-running literary reading series Poetry Thursdays, hosted by the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel, an arts promotional organization founded in 1987 by Esworthy and Michael Olimpi.
Twenty-Six Javanese Proverbs
Life and Love Among the Amish
Search for absolute zero. Peach
blossoms, starry nights— to know
no boundaries. The new
urbane loneliness, yeah... these
are the things you are to me.
Casting a chill: elixir of life.
Spark of life savers
in a black buggy. Petals
on a bough, pennies in a stream.
An Amtrak frozen for 30 seconds
in Montpelier, at 3:42am—
in 1985. Spring.
Verizon, so like the
Bodhi-tree. Wet, musky,
My spirit is forever
with you. You cannot go
A forked road
appears to lead in
You are the Huron
of my lonely, little heart.
from Twenty-Six Javanese Proverbs